The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides broad supports related to serving children with disabilities and their families. Provisions within IDEA address the need for collaboration. Effective communication among professionals is critical to building collaborative relationships.

In addition to IDEA, Head Start Program Performance Standards outline the importance of communication and collaboration among professionals in relation to family partnerships, general program management, community partnerships, and the coordination of disability and health services.

To learn more about policies related to communication among professionals, read Handout 3.5 Policy Advisory- The Law Affecting Communication Among Professionals.